Cyprus opens first Army Cadet Force detachment

27 June 2017

A new ACF detachment has opened in Cyprus, the first one outside of the UK. The Cyprus SBA Episkopi Station ACF opened in late April and already has 25 cadets and two trained adult volunteers with a number of keen ‘cadets in waiting’ and specialist volunteers.

Lt Col Martin Payne, Commander and CO of the new detachment says he was inspired by his own time in cadets, and wanted to give that opportunity to the young military community and children of locally-employed civilians living in the Episkopi Cantonment, a British Overseas Territory and surrounding area.

“I was a cadet in the 70s and gained some great life skills such as confidence, team working and leadership skills, the ability to manage risk and to take on challenges outside my comfort zone, says Lt Col Payne. “Our first cadet unit in Cyprus has got off to a great start, due to our Service community and interest, and we’re looking forward to delivering some great challenges and adventures to our cadets.”

Cadets meet every Monday and Wednesday evening at the Episkopi Community Centre and Cinema Club. Girls and boys, of all abilities and backgrounds, over the age of 12 and in at least Year 8 at school are welcome to join.

“When they join us we encourage them to learn more, do more and try more. We inspire them to aim high and pursue their goals, no matter what future career they have in mind,” says Lt Col Payne.

Facilities include:

o             Dismounted Close Combat Trainer

o             Shooting ranges, including 25-metre range

o             Climbing Wall

o             Gymnasium

o             Cinema

o             Lecture halls

o             Water Sports Centre

o             Training Aids

o             Paint balling Equipment

o             Drill square

o             Camp Site

o             Training Areas and Camps